Balloon Charities


This page lists the people who 'bought' my balloons by donating to the charity of their choice plus some of the reasons why they did so ... please enjoy reading about them.

Dear Jill, I saw you a day before the start of the project on Trafalgar Square. You were giving an interview to a reporter but I still managed to approach you and speak to you for a while. Then I came back to see you standing on the plinth and managed to catch one of your balloons. I am a teacher from Prague and I decided to include my students into your charitable idea. The money we collected was sent to an organisation which supports orphaned students in India. Best wishes for the New Year and many greetings from Prague.
I donate to The Brooke Hospital monthly by gift aid. I am 65 at the end of the month and my employer is not keeping me on - yes, one can still discriminate against age. I was going to cancel my monthly donation to The Brooke but will keep paying until the end of the year and if I find another job I will carry on until I leave work. I found balloon 42 (Caryn) in my horses' field in Drinkstone Green in Suffolk.
A neighbour stopped me in the street and told me they had made a donation to Cancer Research in my name after reading about my exploits on the plinth!
Colin Johnson, contributor 29 below, is going to be following in the wheel tracks of the Tour de France and from the 17th to 21st July he will be climbing some of the biggest mountains from the world\'s hardest cycle race. He\'ll be raising much needed funds for, a local Horsham charity, the Barns Green village play group and I have made a donation to support what he\'s going to be doing, and it\'s going to hurt...a lot!
This donation was made by a very supportive taxi driver who drove me to Trafalgar Square yesterday. He asked me to make a donation on his behalf and I have done so to Shelter.

I\'m donating to Action Aid because they help people in the Third World who need our support.
What can I say, that will teach you not to read the small print, but Jilly what a great idea. I have made a donation to Cancer Research I think we all know some one who this dreadful disease has touched.

Mind those pigeons and if I can I will be along to cheer you on. Hazel XXX
Jilly, I am so proud of you. Ava and I will be there on Monday cheering you on. We have made a donation to Cancer Research for whom no excuse is necessary but should I need one your activities are a fantastic reason for donating. All that\'s left to say is...... go Jilly, go Jilly, go Jilly .....
Hi Jilly

What a clever idea. I\'m so pleased to be a part of this event with you. Lance and I have donated to The British Friends of Neve Shalom -- Wahat al-salam (Oasis of Peace). It is a bilingual school in Israel that integrates Palestinian and Jewish children so that they can grow up together while learning tolerance and respect for each other. This school also has a global peace outreach program.

I\'m looking forward to watching your webcast!



My donation has gone to FARM-Africa. They provide training and support to poor rural communities in Africa so families can help work themselves out of poverty by improving the ways in which they manage crops, livestock, forests and access to water.

I hope to be there on the 6th to see you in your hour of glory!

Hi Jill,
You\'ll have such a blast up there! And all the while knowing your plinth experience is making a positive difference! I\'ve donated 15Pounds to the Parkinsons Society. I\'ll be there cheering you on the 6th!
Jill, wish I could be there to witness this wonderful thing! Hope there will be a lot of photos taken....
Am donating to Cancer Research. Have fun on the day! Mary x
Hi Jill

Well done! I am very impressed at your creativity - I love the balloon idea. I will support one of your balloons happily xx

Will run down to see you loitering on the plinth as I only work about 300 yards away. Have donated to Alzheimers for the same reasons as mum. See you on the 6th!

It is a far, far, better thing you do .... than I could! I have made a donation to the Optimum Population Trust, inspired by you and our new patron, David Attenborough.

Mind how you go now.

I\'ve made a donation to my local hospice. The hospice movement provides such invaluable care and support it shouldn\'t have to rely on charity but it does so hence my (small) donation. Jill, I can\'t wait to see the pics. Enjoy your 60 minutes of fame - I just hope those pigeons don\'t take a fancy to you!
I also donated to muscular dystrophy campaign as it\'s so important to raise awareness and to aid research into cures for this muscle disease as well as offering support to families affected.
I am donating this to help reasearch into muscular dystrophy and in particular for Jacob Kyle Gilbert

Enjoy your hour on the plinth.
Hey Jilly - Couldn\'t bear to think of you standing up there looking gorgeous with NO BALLOONS LEFT!!! OMG! My donation to Lewy Body Society GBP20. My brother is suffering from this cruel illness, he\'s pretty unaware what\'s going on but the toll on his family is enormous.

Have fun - bask in the limelight. Here\'s hoping for a fine day with a gentle little breeze.

You are, as always, amazing.
Marina xxx
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Thank you for being a conduit for people to \'give\'. I, like many of the people we know, have had wonderful opportunities in life. Some by design, some by luck. I have teenage boys that are big, strong and full of attitude. While they aren\'t seen as \'cute & cuddly\' anymore, they are still just big vulnerable boys who need lots of love and support. To this end, I have made 3 donations (2 x boys + me) to \'Youth off the streets\' in Sydney that will hopefully extend some love and care to boys that have become lost. Love...
Great idea sis! We have made a $50 donation to the Cancer Council here in Oz. We\'ll be checking up on you via the webcam.